Posts Tagged by etymology
|October 11, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy||
2018.10.11 | By Gregory Nagy
§0. In the book Sein und Zeit (1927) and in other works by Martin Heidegger, the etymology of the Greek word alētheia ‘truth’ is explained as a negativizing of the element lēth-, attested as the verb lanthanein, which is used primarily in the sense of ‘escape the notice of’ in ancient Greek texts. Accordingly, Heidegger interpreted the basic meaning of alētheia as ‘unconcealedness’—to cite a commonly used English translation of his German term Unverborgenheit. I propose here to highlight a less-well-known interpretation of alētheia, which I think deserves its own place in the sun. This alternative is to be found in a book by Marcel Detienne, originally published in 1967; a second edition appeared in 1994, and an English translation by Janet Lloyd followed in 1996. In the first edition, Detienne was already fiercely critical of Heidegger’s interpretation, using philosophical, philological, and historical arguments in developing his own interpretation. In the second edition, Detienne added linguistic arguments in taking his interpretation even further. In adding those new arguments, Detienne cited, with approval, my own work on the etymology of alētheia. In this brief essay, I concentrate on the linguistic arguments.
|July 20, 2018||By Olga Levaniouk listed under Concise inventory of Greek etymologies||
2018.07.20 | Introduced by Olga Levaniouk
This posting follows up on two previous postings (2016.01.15 by Gregory Nagy and 2016.01.31 by Olga Levaniouk), which introduced A concise inventory of Greek etymologies, an ongoing project that focuses on the cultural significance of Greek etymologies (broadly understood). The entries that are already part of the project are available in Issue 15 of Classics@. This post highlights a recent contribution to CIGE by Laura Massetti, the Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen, who summarizes her own etymologies of the names Kheírōn and Marsúās.
|February 4, 2018||By Roger D. Woodard listed under Guest Post||
2018.02.04 | By Roger D. Woodard
Opinions have varied and swayed regarding the interpretation of the Linear B term po-re-na. Whatever meaning is assigned, many would draw the forms po-re-si and po-re-no- into their interpretation of po-re-na, and vice versa. In this investigation I begin with the interpretation of po-re-na that appears most probable and reconsider po-re-si and po-re-no- on the basis of both internal and comparative evidence.
[[For a more expansive version of the argument below, now see http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hlnc.essay:WoodardR.Further_Thoughts_on_Linear_B_po-re-na_po-re-si_and_po-re-no-.2018.]]
|November 17, 2017||By Charles de Lamberterie listed under Guest Post||
2017.11.17 | By Charles de Lamberterie
Presented here is a preliminary draft of an English-language version of this essay by Charles de Lamberterie, translated by Ioanna Papadopoulou.
|January 12, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
2017.01.12 | By Gregory Nagy
One of Agamemnon’s daughters has two alternating names in Greek myths, Iphigeneia and Iphianassa. Both names, it is argued here, have something basic to say about the very idea of kingship.
|June 10, 2016||By Olga Levaniouk listed under Concise inventory of Greek etymologies, Guest Post||
2016.06.10 | By Olga Levaniouk
In his posting of 2016.01.15, Gregory Nagy previewed A concise inventory of Greek etymologies (CIGE), to be edited by me and to be published by the Center for Hellenic Studies (chs.harvard.edu) in the online journal named Classics@, Issue 18. This first preview was followed by another one, by myself, in a posting of 2016.01.31. Both previews included a sample of entries that will feature in CIGE and that were produced by the participants in a micro-seminar “Greek Etymology as Cultural History in the Work of Gregory Nagy” that I taught at the University of Washington in Seattle in the fall of 2015. This posting of 2016.06.10 represents the final installment of etymologies compiled by the seminar students. All future additions to the CIGE will be added directly to Classics@, Issue 18.